Politicizing mobility
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There is a range of different ways in which the struggles that constitute the politics control are conceptualized here, each of which speaks to the theme of irregularity in a distinctive way. Didier Bigo’s essay points to the politics of control as a mundane activity associated with security professionals and a ‘politics of unease’, with irregularity conceived of as a condition produced through processes of (ab)normalization. Paying similar attention to what might be called a ‘micro-politics of control’, William Walters draws attention to the importance of addressing the formation of technological zones, which turn on the ‘standardization of things’ as well as the (ab)normalization of migrants. Taking a somewhat different focus, Jonathan Inda examines how the production of irregularity entails both the more dramatic moment of a workplace raid as well as everyday policing activities in an institutional context of ‘governing immigration through crime’. A more exceptionalist account of the politics of control is developed in Nicholas De Genova’s essay, which highlights the spectacular dimensions of Homeland Security measures by focusing on the linkage of anti-terrorist policies with the technology of deportation (or deportability) and the subordination of labour.